Radicalisation is one of the most significant threats to face young people today. While many assume that only disadvantaged members of ethnic minorities are at risk, the evidence suggests that people from all backgrounds can be drawn to violent extremist movements.
This research in a box contains teaching resources developed as part of Lancaster University’s Politics and International Relations programme of outreach and the work of The Richardson Institute, Britain’s oldest Peace and Conflict research centre. It uses the case of conflict involving ISIS in the Middle East to enable students to engage with the international issue of radicalisation, before considering local responses to extremism in a range of contexts.
The ‘box’ contains a series of electronic resources, including PowerPoint decks with embedded videos and PDF guides intended to enable teachers to run a university-style three week module on the subject. The materials are reliable, coherent resources which support active learning activities, including a role play, capable of introducing students to core issues of relevance in studies of radicalisation.
The materials are hosted on Lancaster University’s designated Radicalisation Engagement Open Learning site: https://openlearning.lancs.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=165
Evaluations of the role play by teachers and students can be found in the two videos immediately below as well as the evaluation report drawn from completed questionnaires.